Paducah, Kentucky: The 1857, a new boutique hotel, has opened downtown, reviving an antebellum building that was built in—you guessed it—1857 and once housed a gentlemen’s haberdashery and turn-of-the-century tractor repair shop. (The repair shop is now a bar and event space.) Interiors are minimalist and industrial, with lots of exposed brick and the huge windows you would expect to see in an old factory. With only 10 guest rooms, The 1857 made each one unique, using original architecture to set off spare, modern decor. Only one block off main-drag Broadway, the hotel is also just a block from Freight House, Paducah’s highly touted new farm-to-table restaurant, housed in the1920s-era Paducah Freight Depot. The restaurant was launched in October of last year by native chef Sara Bradley, who was born and raised in western Kentucky. After working with chef John Fraser at Dovetail in New York and chefs David Posey and Paul Kahan at Blackbird in Chicago, Bradley returned to her roots, offering a seasonal menu with farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients—which Bradley defines as within a day’s drive of her restaurant. Among the Freight House craft cocktails that capitalize on Kentucky’s bourbon culture is the Pistol Avenue: cinnamon bourbon, Fernet-Branca, and tamarind nectar.
Plan Your Trip: the1857hotel.com; freighthousefood.com
Related: Kentucky's Red River Gorge
Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina: On August 1, tickets go on sale for the “10th serving” of Music to Your Mouth, coming this fall, November 17-20. This celebration of food and music brings together such chefs as Sean Brok of Husk, Mike Lata of Fig, Anne Quatrano of Star Provisions and Bacchanalia, and more. Enjoy food, drinks, and music in the Lowcountry, where you can interact directly with renowned chefs and other personalities in “Culinary Salons.” Events include a Bourbon & Bacon Grace Cruise on Palmetto Bluff’s recently restored yacht; Southern Supper, featuring traditional Southern favorites served family style around one table; a Kiss the Pig Oyster Roast on the May River; Hair of the Dog 5K, opening with a Bloody Mary; and The Pig Event, an annual surprise concert by a nationally known act. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit the nonprofit Second Helpings.
Plan Your Trip: musictoyourmouth.com
Fort Worth, Texas: “Border Cantos,” an upcoming exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, will feature a thought-provoking exhibition by renowned photographer Richard Misrach and artist-musician Guillermo Galindo. Together, the artists explore the border between the United States and Mexico. The exhibition, which opens September 24, includes 44 of Misrach’s large-scale landscape photographs of the border and 18 handcrafted musical instruments that Galindo created from found objects along the border. “Border Cantos” will remain at the Carter Museum through December 31. It will then travel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, where it will be on view February 18-April 24, 2017.
Plan Your Trip: cartermuseum.org